Heavy Equipment Operations

Contact(s): Joshua Aldridge

The Heavy Equipment Operator curriculum prepares students to efficiently operate heavy equipment such as dozers, loaders, scrapers, and graders and to perform basic preventive maintenance on most types of heavy equipment.

Coursework includes construction safety, property equipment operation, grades, drawings, environmental concerns, heavy equipment design characteristics and features, equipment maintenance, and common equipment systems.

Graduates of this program may find employment with state and local government agencies and private contractors engaged in highway or other construction activities.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program:

  • The student will be able to determine the safety level of heavy equipment machinery.
  • Given dimension and elevation specifications, the student will be able to lay out level pad sites.
  • Given site lay-out and elevation grade, the student will be able to grade a dirt pad.

Heavy Equipment Operations Diploma – D35240

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
HEO 111 Heavy Equipment Operations I 12
ISC 115 Construction Safety 2
ISC 121 Environmental Health & Safety 3
ACA 111 College Student Success 1
ENG 101
Applied Communications I
or Writing and Inquiry
3
 Credit Hours21
Spring
HEO 112 Heavy Equipment Operations II 12
HEO 113 Grades and Drawings 3
MAT 110
Mathematical Measurement and Literacy
or Quantitative Literacy
3
 Credit Hours18
 Total Credit Hours39

Basic Operational Techniques Certificate – C35240B

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
HEO 111 Heavy Equipment Operations I 12
ISC 115 Construction Safety 2
ISC 121 Environmental Health & Safety 3
 Credit Hours17
 Total Credit Hours17

Heavy Equipment Introduction to Operations in Construction - C35240C

Plan of Study Grid
FallCredit Hours
ACA 111 College Student Success 1
ISC 115 Construction Safety 2
ISC 121 Environmental Health & Safety 3
ENG 101
Applied Communications I
or Writing and Inquiry
3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
HEO 113 Grades and Drawings 3
MAT 110 Mathematical Measurement and Literacy 3
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours15

Intermediate Operational Techniques Certificate – C35240I

Plan of Study Grid
FallCredit Hours
ISC 115 Construction Safety 2
 Credit Hours2
Spring
HEO 112 Heavy Equipment Operations II 12
HEO 113 Grades and Drawings 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours17

Heavy Equipment Operator - CCP

Tuition-waived program for Career & College Promise (high school juniors and seniors)

Plan of Study Grid
FallCredit Hours
ACA 111 College Student Success 1
ISC 115 Construction Safety 2
ISC 121 Environmental Health & Safety 3
ENG 101
Applied Communications I
or Writing and Inquiry
3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
HEO 113 Grades and Drawings 3
MAT 110 Mathematical Measurement and Literacy 3
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours15